VA among agencies looking for new CIOs next week, and a former VA CIO set to depart

“Seven agencies will be looking for new chief information officers next week…”

“The departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Housing and Urban Development, State, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Social Security Administration, will be saying good-bye to their political appointee CIOs — as will the Office of Management and Budget where Basil Parker, the federal CIO, and Camilo Sandoval, the federal chief information security officer, also will be exiting after a short tenure…”

“Jim Gfrerer, VA —Joined VA in January 2019, focusing on IT modernization, especially during the pandemic where he upgraded network capacity and addressed the challenges with the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) requirements…” Read more here. 

Source: These seven agencies will be looking for new CIOs next week – By Jason Miller, January 11, 2021. Federal News Network.

G2X TAKE: A new Administration brings change and a new agenda. According to this Federal News Network article, come next week it appears as if the current VA CIO, James Gfrerer, as well as a former acting VA CIO and current Federal chief information security officer, Camilo Sandoval, are among several Federal IT leaders who will be departing. 

After having what feels like a revolving door that included several different leaders at the helm in the recent past, Gfrerer’s vision and open and transparent communication style have quickly made him a very popular leader to Veterans Affairs IT leadership both internally, and with industry partners alike, while offering critical stability to this heavily scrutinized Agency charged with the important mission of supporting our Veterans. 

More will be shared here as we learn more about next steps. 


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